i ain't running next to you for that one!You pacing me for the run?
The big and ONLY ring if I remember you saying. If I had a decent ride, I'd go for it, too! Certainly not on a single speed! My mountain bike was purchased as a bad weather bike for tri training back in Seattle. It had never seen dirt until I moved to Boulder.
Unfortunately I think you'll come in DFL. While everyone else will jump over the logs on the trail and keep racing, you'll stop to flip them a few times. :)
Tim- I would be truly honored... but as I learned last time, I won't commit until I am certain I can do it. I might actually be a competitor or I might race Pikes. JP- We'll see how fit I get. If I am in good cycling form then I'll gear it and try to place top 20. If not then I'll ride SS and just try to win that division. I have a sweet Independent Fabrications geared hard tail that would be perfect. My single speed doesn't have front suspension so that comes in to play also. Ahhhh, our days in the Emerald City. I miss that place. I miss full fenders and spending hours riding in the rain in my thrift store wool sweaters and Alaskan pipeline work gloves. Seattle is one of my most fond memories. I lived on Ravenna in the University District and was a bike mechanic at Gregg's Aurora Cycles. Good stuff.Shaun- Dude... I'm going to run the climbs and crush everything else. I'll laugh at the logs.
are you serious that you would run the climbs? I actually thought about doing that last year, but opted against doing so in my biking shoes and the easy gear was so much nicer in the moment. but I wondered seriously whether there would be an advantage to that on some of the hills.
I think for me where running uphill is my thing it would be good (plus I was an Ironman triathlete for a decade). At Leadville this year I ran all of Hope Pass (outbound), much of it inbound, and then much of Power Line. Hiking feels terrible on my legs and back. With the right biking shoes running might work? I think it would be good too to change up the motion and running might help to loosen things up. I don't know though.
It's an interesting thought to consider. I think its possible there are some sections where it would be more efficient and faster to run it, for the right person who is trained for that. I think it would be awesome and hilarious to see someone riding in the top 20, running past guys on the uphills. I actually practiced prior to that race, running up some up hills in my bike shoes, because I had only ridden 250 miles on the year 1 week out from leadville, so I was concerned my biking legs would blow and that I would be better off running. It wasn't bad for short distances. But the biking legs ended up doing just fine in the race, so I never ended up running any sections.
Aaron- In the end I admit I don't know if my strategy would work. I guess if I HAVE to come off and walk a climb I will run it instead.
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